Location: Taiwan Cement, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The Taiwan cement factory sits tucked in against Monkey Mountain, in Kaohsiung’s Gushan District. For years half of the factory was left abandoned and each time I went hiking on the mountain the urban explorer in me was more and more intrigued to take photos there. I finally got around to going there in February 2014 and took this set of photos.
The factory had been disused for so long that it had deteriorated into just a shell. All that remained was crumbling concrete and twisted steel.
Nature was well on its way to reclaiming what was left of the buildings.
It seems I was lucky to take these photos while I had the chance, because today on a visit to Yuan Heng Temple that overlooks the factory I noticed that most of it has already been torn down. The only part now remaining is the front of the factory that is still in use, and some silos. According to the Kaohsiung Urban Development Bureau Taiwan Cement has “ceased operation in the area”.
The site of the cement factory as seen from Yuan Heng Temple. The part in use can be seen on the right, and a few remaining unused silos can be seen at the far left.